The Ultimate Florida Springs Road Trip
Florida is home to more freshwater springs than any other state and visiting one is a must-do bucket list item for any Floridian. However, each freshwater spring has its own unique things to see, so why not rent a Camper Van and visit all of them!
The five best Florida springs to visit are within a three-hour drive of each other. You don’t have to stop at all of them, but I recommend it for the ultimate freshwater springs experience. Here are some tips for what to do at each spring.
Weeki Wachee Springs
If you are coming from Miami, the first freshwater spring you will reach is Weeki Wachee Springs, just north of Tampa. Though it is a natural beauty, this is also one of the most touristy Florida springs spots. This is because there is a live mermaid show in an underwater theater! Visitors of young and old love to watch the mermaids swim around during their daily shows.
This is also the only freshwater spring with a mini water park that includes four water slides into the clear spring water. You can still experience the natural part of the springs by snorkeling or paddling through it as well. Rentals are available or you can bring your own.
Three Sisters Springs
Next, you can get a break from the crowds at the secluded Three Sisters Springs. This is part of the Crystal River Natural Wildlife Refuge and it is home to a variety of land and sea creatures. Hikers will love this spot, as there is an elevated boardwalk, perfect for wildlife viewing.
Because of that, I recommend staying on land at Three Sisters Springs because you can only access the water through certain waterways. There are even guided tours on the trail for those who want more information. During the winter, you may catch a glimpse of manatees, although the next spring on the list is even better for that!
True to its name, Manatee Springs is the place to find Florida’s favorite gentle giants. Here you can paddle through or walk or cycle the perimeter while looking for them. Your best bet of seeing manatees is on the colder days of the year, when they congregate together.
For a laid-back experience, you can camp at Manatee Springs for a few days and take in all nature has to offer. I highly recommend renting a kayak or canoe so you can fully experience the beauty of this Florida spring.
If you prefer a lively camping trip, then Ginnie Springs is the place to stop. It’s close proximity to University of Florida makes it a popular camping ground. Even if you go for just the day, you’ll want to make sure to visit the real-life lazy river here!
If you visit in the summer, you will definitely want to get an inner tube and take the half an hour float down the river. It’s a bit cold to swim in the rest of the year, so there’s always paddling or getting a wetsuit for scuba diving!
The last freshwater spring on this road trip has something for everyone. You can take a two hour long tube float, hike a nature trail or take a dip in a swimming hole.
One of the most unique things you’ll find here is Blue Hole. This crystal-clear spot is perfect for snorkeling, or for the very adventurous, cave-diving! Here you can a huge variety of fish and turtles and end your road trip with a feel for the biodiversity of the Florida Springs.
Why a Camper Van for a Florida Springs Road Trip?
A camper van is the perfect way to experience all the beauty of the Florida Springs. Most of these spots are secluded and far from hotels, so a camper van is not only an immersive, but practical place to stay. Be sure to contact Ondevan Campervans for all your Florida road trip needs!